Former US President Donald Trump has again railed against the judiciary and political opponents in the face of impending indictment. “The new weapon used by runaway Democrats to cheat in elections is the criminal investigation of a candidate,” Trump said at his first major campaign rally in Waco, Texas. Friends thought he was probably the “most innocent man” in US history, he added.
Could it work again in 2024?
The Republican is running for his party’s presidential candidacy and wants to move back into the White House after the 2024 election. Prosecutors in New York are investigating the ex-president who was voted out of office for hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal. An indictment in the case seems increasingly likely and is expected in the near future.
Investigators are concerned with whether Trump may have violated campaign finance laws by making the payments. It would be the first indictment by prosecutors against a former US president. The 76-year-old has various other legal construction sites and presents all allegations as politically motivated. Trump claimed that every part of his life was examined like no other in US history.
Trump supporters speak of “witch hunt”
In the audience, spectators held signs with the word “witch hunt” in their hands – Trump’s usual slogan. The song “Justice for all” was played at the beginning of his speech, which lasted about an hour and a half. It is sung by a male choir whose members were convicted of their involvement in the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack.
Proceeds from the song will be used to provide legal support to those accused of the violent riots. In the song, Trump recites the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States while the choir sings the national anthem.
Before Trump’s speech, the venue in particular caused a stir. Trump spoke at the airport in the city of Waco, which was the scene of a bloody tragedy 30 years ago and has since been used by right-wing groups in particular as a symbol of alleged state transgressions.
At that time, the police had besieged a cult property in Waco for weeks and finally stormed it, which in the end went up in flames. More than 80 cult members died, and four police officers were killed. According to media reports, Trump’s team denied that the venue had anything to do with the Waco massacre.
haz/AR (dpa, rtr, afp)